We designed this teaching and performance building for two distinct academic programs in the arts: dance and music. Each is placed in separate barn-like volume which are linked by a shared lobby and its dramatic canopies. Built on a tight budget, the minimal white volumes are based on the rural agricultural history of the college’s campus.
The understated exterior houses acoustically isolated and finely-tuned performance spaces that include a large dance studio, small music practice rooms, an electronic music classroom, and a 125-seat concert hall. The building was named in honor of the renowned pianist Rudolf Serkin. Peter Serkin, his son, played at the Center’s opening concert.